A special Bavarian yeast strain combined with select wheat malt delivers unmistakable clove and banana tomes. The surprisingly light finish is a characteristic of dark weissbier a style with roots back to the 1520s, and makes our Dunkel perfect for any season.
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pours almost the same color on the label of the bottle with a small quickly disappearing head. The aroma consists of yeast, bananas, some cloves and maybe a touch of malts. The taste has a banana and fruit like flavor with the yeast of course but the spice comes in on the end of the finish. The mouthfeel has a thickness to it and it feels like a porter but looks like an ale. Overall it has a pretty good all around flavor and is well balanced and pretty tasty. Hard to believe this is an AB product!
A decent attempt by an organization known as the King of Swills at a classic German style. While it's a little thin and weak flavoured, there aren't any noticeable off-putting scents and tastes as would be found in many other Anheuser Busch brews.
Bottle Code 08331 VA24; Sampled April 2009
This beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a murky, amber-plum color that shows lots of haziness and an opaque, amber color with gold around the edges when held up to the light. The aroma has notes of banana up front and has a backdrop of whole grain bread like notes, some lightly toasty notes and a slight nuttiness even. The nose is on the clean side for a Hefeweizen, but the characteristic components are all here (the clove is here, though a bit subtle), but the chewy malt character is really quite nice.
The beer is lightly sweet tasting with sweet grain notes, it has a tartness to it in the middle and finish and has a lingering, hearty, bread-like maltiness to it. This has a nice body that is not too heavy, but has a certain viscous heft to it that can almost be creamy at times. Fruity esters contribute notes of plum that are accentuated by clove notes that boost the perception of sweetness. This has a light spiciness to it in the finish that is contributed by a mix of phenols, clove notes, a touch of pepper and some higher alcohol notes that also contribute a smidgeon of warming. This has a touch of yeast-like flavors to it that tie in with the nutty malt notes. As the beer warms the clove flavors become a bit more prominent.
This is a very good example of a Dunkel Weizen, it is a touch tame on the fermentation-derived flavors for my particular tastes, but it is well within style and does have all the characteristic notes that are required. I really like the maltiness that is in this brew, it is complex and interesting and I think that this is way under-appreciated by the craft beer world.
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.
Appearance: The body has a very dark and hazy appearance with a brownish iced tea like color. Along the sides of the glass there are streams of tiny bubbles that race up to the head. The head is light tan in color and little small for the style but it hangs on to the last sip. It makes some slice lace that slides down the glass.
Smell: It has a big fruity nose with notes of banana, clove, light wheat and candy.
Taste/Mouth feel: The base has a nice lightly roasted wheat malt flavor that gives way to big fruity yeast full of rip banana with a touch of clove. Hops are very mild and subdued. It finishes with a dryer wheat twang and more yeast. It has a nice wet refreshing texture with soft yet somewhat fizzy carbonation and a medium body.
Notes: This is defiantly one of the best AB products.
Aroma is rich, wheaty and yeasty, enough to make you forget this is technically a macro-brew. It pours a dark, hazy brown with a decent if not persistent off-white head. Flavor is strongly wheaty, yeasty and slightly spicy. Texture is smooth and tingly, leaving a pleasing finish.
This beer didn't do too much for me. I found it to be a bit bitter, with the aftertaste of the hops offsetting the sweetness of the malts and barley. Don't think I have tried enough Dunkels to compare, so maybe it's just not my style of beer. Has a brownish-amber appearance with a medium body thickness. I may have to look up some good Dunkels here to give the style another try.
Pours a slightly murky tea-brown with a nice sustained creamy head and very nice lacing. Typical Dunkel carbonation. Aromas of wet sweet malts and wheat, slight banana and clove and a bit of hops. Taste is a bit thin but still nice for the style with a nice heavy maltiness with banana, cloves, caramel, a touch of hops leaving a touch of strange yeasty taste that lingers. Good Michelob brew and would be a good entry beer/Dunkel for newbies.
Real solid offering in the newly revamped Michelob line up, in fact this is a very good Dunkel Weizen, period. Enticing light brown body that is very cloudy from the yeast. A big, fluffy head sits on top and has no intentions of leaving. Thick bands of heavy lacing cling to the glass. Aromas of creamy banana, vanilla ice cream, molasses and clove put a smile on my face. The aroma is hearty and easily detected. Medium bodied, silky smooth and easy. The aftertaste does become a touch cloying and tacky. Unfortunately the mouth feel is typically the weakest aspect of Michelob's craft offerings. Crisp and dry wheat flavor offset by a sharp sweetness. Banana split with caramel topping and spicy clove. Fruity yeast rounds out a good flavor. This is a great wheat beer and is exceptional by A-B standards, I am impressed and will have no problem picking this up again especially at a buck a bottle.
great dark wheat aromas .. very nice foam too .. . a bit thin but it seems to fit .. . a very fine example for a dunkel wise .. still needs more complexity but a really fine brew to come outta boosh-aye!
A good honest effort from InBev. Standard dark body, thin head. Aroma and flavor of banana, wheat, caramel hints and clove. I would have rated this beer higher in the aroma, flavor and overall categories, but I didnt because although this beer starts out pretty good, both aroma and especially the flavor fades very quickly. There is the intial good burst and then as quick as it comes, it goes. However it was better than expected.